[lg policy] bibliog. item: Monmouth College ’s Bukari authors book on language policy in West Africa

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 17 14:13:50 UTC 2010

  Monmouth College’s Bukari authors book on language policy in West Africa
 Barry McNamara

James Bukari, visiting assistant professor of educational studies, has
authored “Language Policy in West Africa: Focus on Ghana and Burkina Faso.”
The 94-page book provides a new perspective by examining the language
policies of the two West African nations. It reports the social attitudes of
Ghanians toward the French language and investigates whether or not there is
the need for that country to adopt a pragmatic national language policy.
Such a policy would enforce its vicarious teaching and learning in schools,
as a way of linguistically empowering the nation and allowing it to fully
reap the economic, political and socio-cultural dividends offered by 21st
century trade.

In the book’s acknowledgement, Bukari writes, “The greatest debt I owe is to
my major professor, Chamba Alan Garfinkel, for having greatly inspired and
guided me in choosing the subject of this study and in providing me with the
necessary intellectual insights that made this project happen.”  Bukari
joined the MC modern foreign languages faculty in 2006. He earned his
bachelor’s degree in French from Ghana’s University of Cape Coast. At Purdue
University, Bukari earned a master’s degree in foreign languages and
literature and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction.

Along with MC faculty colleague Heather Brady and Dan Bansley, a senior from
Evergreen Park, Bukari is also the co-author of an article published in
“Ufahamu: A Journal of African Studies.” Titled “The Global Perspectives of
Her Art: Monmouth College Interviews Writer and Painter Véronique Tadjo,”
the article can be accessed at


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